The Degree Divide

Potential and talent are equally distributed, but opportunity is not.

Students from low- and high-income communities aspire to earn a degree or equivalent credential at similar rates. However, too many students—the vast majority of whom are students of color—are left to confront economic, academic, and social barriers that make it almost impossible to achieve their greatest postsecondary ambitions.

 

Only 22% of students from low-income communities earn a postsecondary degree (bachelor’s and/or associate), compared to 67% of their peers from high-income areas.


OneGoal’s Mission to

Close the Degree Divide

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Confronting the Degree Divide

A closer look at the degree divide shows the vast majority of students who do not complete their postsecondary education are pushed out of the system between the final two years of high school and first year of a postsecondary program. This remains one of our nation’s most complex and critical injustices, with deep roots in systems of oppression and racism, and has persisted despite decades of work and millions invested.

An Opportunity for Transformative Change

The growing national attention to the degree divide crisis presents a unique opportunity for bold systemic change. Now is the time to explore high-impact, low-cost solutions that address the institutional and system-level barriers to student success, like our Classroom-Based Model and our Postsecondary Leadership Series. After 15 years of providing services to communities across the country, we know these solutions work.

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